You'll come across impressive sights along the Ring Road, such as Skógafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, Eyjafjallajökull glacier, the spectacular Lake Mývatn, and Iceland's many black sand beaches. You'll enjoy both the rural and unspoiled landscapes of the Westfjords, the Golden Circle, and all three National Parks of Iceland.
You can choose to kickstart each day with a swim in the local pool, break up the trip midday for a quick dip in a natural hot spring, or end it with a relaxing soak in a tranquil spa. Each day will have different options for you to explore.
You're behind the wheel, so you can choose your own path without being bound by a guide. You can stay away from groups and make this a family-oriented or a romantic holiday, depending on your own interests. With this tour, you will have a personal planner and a 24/7 contact with your travel agent in case you need to alter your plans and perhaps add on a glacier hike all of a sudden.
Besides glacier hiking, there are other great additional activities available. You can try snowmobiling, ice climbing, ice caving, or whale watching, as well as all the hot springs, pools, and spas you will find en-route. And if you also want to explore the colder waters, then snorkeling in Silfra is not to be missed!
Take the plunge and get to know Iceland's wonders in depth during the summertime. Check availability by choosing a date.
If you are interested in the most famous hot spring in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is situated right between the airport and the capital city. You can book entrance tickets during the booking process and visit the spa on either your arrival or departure day.
You can also choose to spend the day visiting one of Reykjavík's many geothermal swimming pools. The city boasts 17 swimming pools, each equipped with an outdoor pool, saunas, and numerous hot tubs at an incredibly affordable price.
The day is yours, and if you'd rather wait with the soaking, then simply explore Reykjavík's city center on foot and see sights like Hallgrímskirkja church, the city pond, the old harbor, or Harpa Concert Hall.
Spend your night in Reykjavík city center.
Additionally, you can spice up your day with some optional activities. You can go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Silfra ravine at Þingvellir National Park; you can shoot across Iceland's second-largest glacier, Langjökull, on a snowmobile; or you can relax in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon or the Fontana Spa.
After a full day of sightseeing and excitement, within the area of the Golden Circle.
Towering over you on your journey today are the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. If you'd wish to explore glaciers a bit today, you can opt for a glacier hike or an ice climb on Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, or explore the black ice cave that sits on top of the volcanic Katla mountain.
And last but not least, your hot spring choice for this day is the Seljavallalaug pool, a concrete pool built in the mountainside with natural warm water trickling into it from one side. Note that this is not a manned pool, so the changing facilities are very rustic, and there are no showers or bathrooms on the site.
After an eventful day filled with incredible sights, spend your night near the picturesque town of Vík.
At Skaftafell, you can opt for glacier hiking or ice climbing tours on one of Vatnajökull's outlet glaciers. You could also just go for a short hike yourself and follow one of the many hiking trails Skaftafell is known for. A highly recommended path leads to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which was the inspiration for Reykjavík's iconic Hallgrímskirkja church.
Hop back in your car to drive a little further east to the crown jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. Visitors can spend hours just gazing at the enormous ice blocks as they float on the serene water and spotting seals lounging on top of them. If you want to see the ice up close, you can choose between two boat tours that take you around the floating ice. One is a slower boat, an amphibian boat, and the other is a zodiac speedboat.
At the end of the day, you can relax in the hot tubs at Hoffell before reaching your accommodation in the town of Höfn in east Iceland. A small fee is required for the hot tubs, which you deposit in an honesty box on the site.
In the picturesque Djúpivogur, for example, you can enjoy the outdoor artwork in Gleðivík bay, and the town of Fáskrúðsfjörður has a deep connection with France, evident in their street signs which are both in Icelandic and French. The village of Seyðisfjörður is renowned for its exciting and flourishing art community, not to mention its stunning surroundings, colorful houses, and one of the best sushi restaurants in Europe!
You can take your time exploring these small towns or go for a drive around the Lagarfljót Lake near Egilsstaðir town. On the banks of the lake, you'll find Iceland's largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and the country's third-largest waterfall, Hengifoss.
Spend your night in the town of Egilsstaðir.
If you don't mind going for a long drive on unpaved roads, you could also head inland towards the Askja calderas, where you'll find the crater Víti which is filled with warm water in which you can take a dip. Just keep in mind that the temperature varies in some places, and the nearby ground can be quite hot - and the drive will add several hours to your journey.
By Lake Mývatn, explore the geothermal area of Námaskarð, where you'll see (and smell and listen to) various colorful and bubbling hot springs, with steam rising from the ground in every direction.
Go for a hike around Dimmuborgir field, with its black lava rock formations rising from green birch woods or up to the dark, sandy crater of Hverfell.
You can also splurge on an additional spa experience and the renowned Mývatn Nature Baths, the North's answer to the Blue Lagoon. These milky blue waters are at a comfortable 100°F (38°C) temperature, and you'll also have access to steam baths and great changing and shower facilities.
Spend your night at the Lake Mývatn area.
From Húsavík, you can choose to go on an optional whale watching tour, but this town is known in Iceland as the unofficial whale watching capital. There, you can also do as the locals and bathe in a free hot tub called Ostakarið. This is a man-made hot tub made from iron and fits around 20 people at a time. There are changing facilities next to it, but note that there are no bathrooms or showers.
There is another bathing option just outside of Húsavík's town center, a large thermal lake that's naturally warm can be found just southwest of the town. The temperature is only around 20°C, so it is only suitable on warm days, but you might encounter some goldfish in the lake. Note that there are no changing facilities, bathrooms, or showers by this lake.
Return to your accommodations by Lake Mývatn, where you will spend another night.
Akureyri itself is an exciting place to explore and the largest town in Iceland outside the greater capital area of Reykjavík. It is thus often dubbed as 'The capital of the North'.
Akureyri is famous for its iconic church, beautiful botanical gardens, and charming center with a vibrant nightlife. It also has a great art museum, a busy local theatre, and sweeping mountain and fjord views.
Its central swimming pool is also a great option to spend a part of the day, with its multiple hot tubs, saunas, and fun slides for the kids (and those who are kids at heart). Afterward, make sure you try the local ice cream, as well as check out some great restaurants and bars.
Spend your night in this lovely town.
You'll be rewarded with stunning views as you drive this peninsula, and you'll get an even better view from the infinity swimming pool in the small town of Hofsós. The pool is built into the hillside above the sea, providing unbelievable views of the fjord and Drangey island.
If you fancy a short detour, you can visit a great, little bathing spot called Grettislaug, located across the bay from Hofsós, or you can check out the animal-shaped rock of Hvítserkur. On low tide, you can walk all the way up to this 49-foot (15-meter) high rock, but it's equally as impressive on high tide as it resembles an elephant or a dragon drinking from the surrounding sea.
At the end of the day, you'll reach Hólmavík village, renowned for its sorcery and witchcraft museum. You will spend your next two nights here.
You'll have three great hot spring choices for today. The closest hot tub action can be found right by the sea, in the center of the small but charming village of Drangsnes, a short drive from Hólmavík. Locals from both Drangsnes and Hólmavík flock to these hot tubs in the evenings, bringing drinks and urging each other to take cold dips in the sea when the hot water gets a little too hot. There are changing facilities across the road, and the hot tubs are accessible 24/7.
The second option is Gvendarlaug, by Hotel Laugarhóll. You'll have to pay a small fee at the reception of the hotel, but you'll have access to a natural hot pool, a natural hot creek that fills a stone-made footbath pool, and a swimming pool.
Your third option is the remote Krossneslaug pool at the end of the road. En route, you'll pass the tiny, historical but now abandoned settlement of Djúpavík, which is framed by a beautiful waterfall. Krossneslaug pool is right by the sea and offers breathtaking views. The drive to get there is also stunning but on slow, unpaved roads.
Return to Hólmavík, where you'll spend another night.
But make sure you have enough time to enjoy the views on the way to Ísafjörður and in the town itself. You could also venture even further and enjoy the views of Bolafjall mountain near the small town of Bolungarvík.
Another recommended swimming pool is the one in Suðureyri village, where you can help yourself to some coffee by the hot tub before returning to Ísafjörður, where you'll find your accommodation for the night.
From Ísafjörður, head to the spectacular Dynjandi. This waterfall is called 'the jewel of the Westfjords', and it's not hard to see why as it cascades down 328-foot (100-meter) tall cliffs in a series of beautiful falls.
Your hot spring choice for this day is the charming Reykjafjarðarlaug, where you'll find both a pool and a natural hot spring. Another hot tub popular with the locals is Pollurinn, a man-made pool located near the small town of Tálknafjörður.
If you have some time, you can drive to the red sands of Rauðasandur beach or the stunning bird cliffs at Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe. You can also leave this sightseeing until the morning if you prefer.
Spend your night in the charming Patreksfjörður town.
Flatey Island is very tranquil, with only two farmers spending the whole year there. It's the perfect location to do absolutely nothing and just enjoy looking at puffins by the coast or perhaps going for a little stroll around the island.
Otherwise, you can spend your day in the Westfjords, exploring Rauðasandur beach, Látrabjarg cliffs, Birkimelur swimming pool or the hot spring Hellulaug by Hótel Flókalundur, and then catch the evening ferry from Flókalundur over to Stykkishólmur, skipping Flatey island.
Spend your night at Stykkishólmur, the largest town on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
On Iceland's West Coast, you can also choose to relax in the Krauma Spa, found not far from the historical site of Reykholt, the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, and the powerful Deildartunguhver hot spring.
If you still have some energy at the end of the day, you could hike for 2-3 hours to Iceland's second-tallest waterfall, Glymur, found at the bottom of Hvalfjörður fjord. It is just a short drive from Reykjavík. You can also visit the ice cave tunnels, a series of intricate tunnels that have been carved inside of Langjökull glacier.
Just make sure you leave enough time to get back to the airport on time to return your car and catch your returning flight home. Have a great flight and come back soon.
Some optional activities might require a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling.
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.
Please note that the Westfjords area does not offer quality-level accommodation. Visitors will thus be placed in the best comfort level accommodation possible in the area during their stay in the Westfjords.
Se vores boligniveauer nedenfor og vores foretrukne indkvarteringspartnere under hver dag i den daglige rejseplan. Indkvartering med superbudget niveau arrangeres i vandrehjems senge. For andre niveauer arrangeres bookinger for en person i enkeltværelser, og bookinger til to eller flere personer deler et (e) dobbelt- / dobbeltværelse (r). Teenagere og børn arrangeres i samme rum med forældrene. Hvis der er behov for ekstra værelse (r), påløber der ekstra omkostninger. Guide to Iceland giver dig den bedste tilgængelige bolig på din tid fra din reservation fra vores foretrukne partnere. Husk, at hotelkvaliteten i Island varierer mellem placeringer og tilgængeligheden er meget begrænset. Hvis vores foretrukne partnere er fuldt bookede på tidspunktet for din reservation, vil vi finde en anden passende bolig til dig på lignende niveau. Bemærk, at ikke alle placeringer tilbyder indkvartering på kvalitetsniveau. Overnatning på komfortniveau arrangeres på disse bestemte steder, hvilket afspejles i opgraderingsprisen for kvalitetsniveau. Vi gør altid vores bedste for at imødekomme specielle ønsker, som kan medføre ekstra omkostninger. Tryk på vælg en dato for at finde tilgængelighed.
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Nedenfor kan du se de mulige biludlejningsmuligheder, der er tilgængelige for denne self-drive tour. Alle vores køretøjer er nye eller nuværende modeller på højst 2 år. Superbudgetniveauer leveres med standard CDW-forsikring, mens alle andre niveauer også inkluderer grusbeskyttelse (GP) og Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) forsikringer. Vær opmærksom på, at kørsel uden for landevej er ulovlig for alle typer biler. Alle niveauer er udstyret med en GPS og gratis trådløs internetadgang. Du kan nyde ubegrænset data med Wi-Fi-enheden, som kan forbindes til op til 10 enheder på én gang. Billeje vil levere døgnåbnet nødhjælpstjeneste. Aldersbehov for hvert niveau kan findes nedenfor. For alle niveauer skal føreren have et gyldigt kørekort i mindst et år før datoen for lejen. Vi anbefaler Budget 4X4 niveau til sommerkørsel og Comfort 4X4 til vinterkørsel.
Et lille 2WD-køretøj som Toyota Aygo eller lignende, der er egnet til grundlæggende kørsel under daglige forhold. Kompakt og behagelig for op til 2 rejsende med meget lidt bagage. Ingen højlandskapaciteter. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
Et grundlæggende 2WD-køretøj, såsom en Toyota Yaris eller lignende, der er egnet til kørsel under daglige forhold. Behageligt for 3 rejsende med let bagage. Dette køretøj har ikke kapacitet på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
En grundlæggende 4WD (4X4) jeep eller SUV såsom en Dacia Duster eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 3 rejsende med 2 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og anstændigt til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
En mellemstor 4WD (4x4) jeep eller SUV som f.eks. en Toyota Rav4 (automatisk) og Suzuki Vitara (manuel) eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 4 rejsende med 3 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og god til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.
En stor 4WD jeep som en Toyota Land Cruiser eller lignende. Komfortabelt for op til 4 rejsende med 4 store stykker bagage. Passer til næsten alle rejser. Har fuld highland-kapacitet til at køre på tilgængelige bjergveje. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.
En stor 9-personers varevogn, såsom en Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD manuel, har højlandsfunktioner og bedre egnet til vinterkørsel) eller lignende. Komfortabelt for 5 til 7 rejsende. Hvis du sidder fuldt, er bagagerummet begrænset. Føreren skal være 23 år eller derover.